After String of Losses, Sanders Says He’ll Remain in Race


In his address from Burlington, Vermont, Sanders challenged his rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, to address key issues like economic inequality, healthcare access and the climate crisis.

Biden and Sanders cancelled rallies which had been scheduled in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday night and the former vice president announced further cancellations on Wednesday.

While Biden unveiled a multi-pronged approach to tackling the crisis including "immediate bold measures" to help Americans hurting economically, Sanders called on government to take emergency steps including placing an immediate moratorium on evictions, foreclosures and utility shut-offs. Biden led Sanders in pledged delegates with 670 to 574 as of Tuesday morning. He did not, however, criticize Biden over his Iraq War vote or record on Social Security.

Kim Williams, 39, a Tougaloo alumni, said she believed Sanders was "outdated" and wouldn't get much accomplished.

"I can not tell you how many people our campaign has spoken to who say they agree with us but will vote for Joe because they believe he's the best to beat Donald Trump", he said.

He's solidified his position as the prohibitive favorite for his party's nomination, but Sanders has made clear he's not ready to abandon his campaign, and numerous senator's supporters on the progressive left aren't enthusiastic about embracing Biden as the Democratic standard-bearer.

"We are winning the generational debate", Sander said.

Re "Biden delivers major blow to Sanders" (March 11): The problem with Bernie Sanders is he shares too many personality characteristics with Donald Trump. "We have heard that statement all over this country".

"I think it's all about a comparison".

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"Last night was obviously not a good night for our campaign from a delegate point of view", Sanders said.

Two of the largest Democratic Super PACS said they were going to begin working for Biden.

"Now is the time for solidarity", Sanders said. "Are you really going to veto a Medicare for All bill if it is passed in Congress?"

Murtaugh also took issue with Sanders for not mentioning border closures as a way to protect Americans from the virus. As of Wednesday afternoon, Biden had claimed at least 860 delegates compared with 710 for Sanders. Both Sanders and Biden canceled rallies in OH earlier this week.

His decision, though, was greeted happily by some leading progressives, who echoed Sanders' focus on Biden's struggles with younger voters. "It will touch people in positions of power, as well as the most vulnerable in our society".

Mr Sanders said he would debate Mr Biden on Sunday despite admitting disappointment at the results of so-called Super Tuesday Two.

Biden, 77, and Sanders, 78, will debate in Phoenix on Sunday ahead of next week's nominating contests in Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio. In 2016, voters backed Sanders in part because of his opposition to trade deals including the North American Free Trade Agreement, which hurt the local auto industry. "We deserve to hear that contrast and continue the contest".

In the upcoming debate, Sanders said he meant to confront the former vice-president on a number of issues from economic inequality to Medicare for All to the climate crisis that are priorities for his supporters.